Fable (fiction), 725 words, Level M (Grade 2), Lexile 520L
In this retelling of an Ituri fable, a curious monkey comes upon a sleeping animal. Soon all sorts of forest creatures gather to look at the odd beast. Many can say what it is not, but none can say what it is. The sleeping dog, awakened by the commotion, begins to bark and chase the animals. Since then, dogs have chased any animal they see. The moral of the story is to "let sleeping dogs lie."
Use the reading strategy of making, revising, and confirming predictions before and during reading
Understand main idea and details
Recognize vowel digraphs
Grammar and Mechanics
Understand that quotation marks identify a speakers words
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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